Unocal Donation of Sugar Land Technical Library

The Bureau is excited to announce the generous donation by Unocal of its Sugar Land technical library now housed in the Houston Research Center (HRC). The donation, valued at nearly $5 million, includes books, journals, monographs, maps, and State and Federal geological reports primarily in the areas of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, and petroleum engineering. The materials occupy an estimated at 6,600 linear feet of shelf space and weigh approximately 29 tons.

HRC geologists Laura Zahm and Beverly DeJarnett led the effort to bring the collection to the facility. Their efforts were augmented by staffer Randy McDonald, who coordinated the recent renovations that were required to house the materials.

Unocal’s professional librarian for many years, Phyllis Vicars, has been hired to continue management of materials, which will be made available to the public.